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Appeals Court Orders New Trial for St. Paul Priest

The Minnesota Appeals Court is reversing a sexual misconduct conviction and ordering a new trial for a St. Paul priest accused of having sex with a woman seeking spiritual advice.

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Police: Wolves Forward Cunningham Sent Threatening Texts

Police say Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham sent threatening messages to a woman he was living with that "rose to a terroristic level." The Medina, Minn., police issued a statement Monday, one day after Cunningham was arrested for a second time in three days.

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U.S. Senators Make Friendly Wager On Frozen Four Semifinal

U.S. senators from North Dakota and Minnesota are making a friendly wager on the outcome of the NCAA Frozen Four semifinal hockey matchup involving the University of North Dakota and the University of Minnesota.

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Lawmakers Reach Deal To Hike Minimum Wage To $9.50

Minnesota's minimum wage would rise to $9.50 per hour within a few years and continue going up unless a governor's administration applied the brakes. That's the outline of a deal announced Monday between leaders of the House and Senate.

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Unpermitted Irrigation Threatens Minnesota Groundwater

As irrigation booms in Minnesota, a report says hundreds of farmers appear to be pumping groundwater for their crops without the required state permits. Of the roughly 1,200 crop irrigation wells drilled from 2008 to 2012, more than 200 likely are operating without a permit.

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Narrow Escape When Duluth Gas Station Canopy Collapses

The driver of an SUV escaped with only minor injuries when support beams gave way and a gas pump canopy came crashing down while he was in his vehicle at a service station in Duluth.

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Aunt Says Grandmother Will Care For Orphaned Boy

A relative says a 2-year-old boy who survived a high-speed crash that killed his parents in Anoka County will live with his grandmother. Wilbur and Patrice Hooks, of Crystal, were killed when their car hit the back of a semitrailer Friday night on Interstate 694 in Fridley.

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Minnesota DNR Evaluating Central Minnesota Groundwater Levels, Quality

The state Department of Natural Resources is trying to figure out whether current levels of groundwater use are sustainable and whether action is needed to protect water availability in the future.

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Speeding Preceded Collision That Orphaned Boy

Minnesota troopers say a 1-year-old boy has been orphaned after his father allegedly sped more than 100 miles per hour before slamming into the back of a semi truck in Fridley.

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Truck Driver Finds Child Barefoot in Minneapolis Snow

Minneapolis police don't suspect child neglect after a 4-year-old boy was found barefoot in snow and freezing temperatures.

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